Gillette Stadium is a stadium located in Foxborough, Massachusetts, 28 miles (45 km) southwest of downtown Boston and 20 miles (32 km) northeast of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. It serves as the home stadium and administrative offices for both the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) and the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer (MLS). In 2012, it also became the home stadium for the football program of the University of Massachusetts (UMass), while on-campus Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium was undergoing renovations. Gillette will continue to host higher attended home games.
The facility opened in 2002, replacing the old Foxboro Stadium. The seating capacity is 65,878, including 5,876 club seats and 89 luxury suites. The stadium is owned and operated by Kraft Sports Group, a subsidiary of The Kraft Group, the company through which businessman Robert Kraft owns the Patriots and Revolution.
The stadium was originally known as CMGI Field before the naming rights were bought by Gillette after the "dot-com" bust. Although Gillette was acquired by Procter & Gamble in 2005, the stadium retains the Gillette name because P&G has continued to use the Gillette brand name and because the Gillette company was founded in the Boston area. Gillette and the Patriots jointly announced in September 2010 that their partnership, which includes naming rights to the stadium, will extend through the 2031 season. Additionally, uBid (until April 2003 a wholly owned subsidiary of CMGI) as of 2009 continues to sponsor one of the main entrance gates to the stadium.
The Town of Foxborough approved plans for the stadium's construction on December 6, 1999, and work on the stadium began on March 24, 2000. The first official event was a New England Revolution soccer game on May 11, 2002. The Rolling Stones played at Gillette Stadium on September 5, 2002 on the band's Licks Tour. Jeremiah Freed was the first band to play at the WBCN river rave on June 9, 2002 making them the first band to ever play Gillette Stadium. Grand opening ceremonies were held four days later on September 9 when the Patriots unveiled their Super Bowl XXXVI championship banner before a Monday Night Football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Patriots have sold out every home game since moving to the stadium—preseason, regular season, and playoffs. This streak dates back to the 1994 season, while the team was still at Foxboro Stadium. By September 2016 this streak was 231 straight games.
Location in Massachusetts
Location in the United States
|Former names||CMGI Field (2002)|
|Address||1 Patriot Place|
|Public transit|| |
at Foxboro station (game days only)
|Owner||The Kraft Group|
|Operator||The Kraft Group|
|Field size||American football: 120 yd × 53 1/3 yd|
Soccer: 116 yd × 75 yd
|Broke ground||March 24, 2000|
|Opened||May 11, 2002 (partial)|
September 9, 2002 (grand)
|Construction cost||US$325 million|
($453 million in 2018 dollars)
|Architect||HOK Sport (now Populous)|
|Project manager||Barton Malow|
|Structural engineer||Bliss and Nyitray, Inc.|
|Services engineer||Vanderweil Engineers|
|New England Patriots (NFL) (2002–present)|
New England Revolution (MLS) (2002–present)
Massachusetts Minutemen (NCAA) (2012–2016, 2018)
Boston Cannons (MLL) (2015)
From the 1971 to 2001 NFL seasons, the Patriots played all of their home games at Foxboro Stadium. The stadium was privately funded on an extremely small budget and featured few amenities. Its aluminum benches would freeze over during cold-weather games and it had an unorganized dirt parking lot. Foxboro Stadium did not bring in the profits needed to keep an NFL team in New England; at just over 60,000 seats, it was one of the NFL's smallest stadiums.
In 1984 team executive Chuck Sullivan funded the Victory Tour of The Jacksons, in an attempt to earn more profit for the team. Tickets sales failed, however, and the team's debt increased even further – to a final total of US$126 million. After two unsuccessful owners bought the team and stadium, it was clear that a new stadium had to be built for the team to stay in New England. This is when other cities in the New England area, including Boston (which was previously home to the Patriots and already had a stadium they could, and for a time before Foxboro Stadium opened, did, play in), Hartford, and Providence became interested in building new stadiums to lure the Patriots away from Foxborough.
The first major stadium proposal from another city came in September 1993. Lowell Weicker, the Governor of Connecticut, proposed to the Connecticut General Assembly that a new stadium should be built in Hartford to attract the Patriots to move there, stating that a stadium had "potentially great benefit" if it were built. The bill passed in the State Assembly on September 27, 1993.
In Massachusetts, there was a proposal to build a "Megaplex" in Boston, which would be the site of the stadium, as well as a new Fenway Park (the home park of the Boston Red Sox) and a convention center. The proposed sites for this hybrid convention center-stadium were along Summer Street in South Boston or at the so-called Crosstown site along Melnea Cass Boulevard in Roxbury, adjacent to Boston's South End. The administration of Massachusetts Governor William Weld pushed for construction of a full "Megaplex" at the crosstown site, with then-new Boston Mayor Thomas Menino favoring construction of a new, stand-alone convention center in South Boston. Ultimately, the residents of neither of these neighborhoods wanted a stadium, and as a result, Menino backed out, fearing that it would affect his chance at re-election. The Fenway Park plan was cancelled after many "Save Fenway Park!" groups popped up to save the historic ballpark.
Kraft then began a plan to build a new stadium in South Boston. In that plan, Kraft was to pay for the stadium himself, hoping to win the support of Weld and Menino. He began to sketch designs, but the project was leaked to the press in December 1996. The residents of South Boston objected to a stadium being built in that location, causing Menino and Weld to become angry at Kraft. Kraft abandoned all plans for a Boston Stadium after the affair. In January 1997, Kraft began talks with Providence mayor Vincent Cianci to relocate the team to Providence and build a new stadium there. The proposed 68,000-seat domed stadium would have cost $250 million, and would have been paid through income taxes, public bonds, surcharges on tickets, and private funds. Residents of the neighborhood of the proposed project were extremely opposed to the project because the surrounding area would have needed massive infrastructure improvements. The proposal fell through after a few weeks.
During a news conference in September 1998, the team revealed plans to build a new stadium in Foxborough, keeping the team in Massachusetts. It was to be funded by the state as well as Kraft himself. This plan brought more competition from Connecticut, as a $1 billion plan to renovate an area of Hartford, including building a stadium. Kraft then signed an agreement to move the team to Hartford on November 18, 1998. The proposed stadium included 68,000 seats, 60 luxury boxes, and had a projected cost of $375 million. As before in Boston and Providence, construction of the stadium was challenged by the residents. Problems with the site were discovered, and an agreement could not be reached regarding the details of the stadium. The entire plan eventually fell through, enraging then Connecticut governor John G. Rowland, who lobbied hard for the stadium and spent weeks deliberating with Robert Kraft. Rowland announced at a press conference that he was officially "a New York Jets fan, now and probably forever". In 1999, the team officially announced that it would remain in Foxborough, which led to Gillette Stadium's construction. After the Hartford proposal fell through, Robert Kraft paid for 100% of the construction costs, a rare instance of an NFL owner privately financing the construction of a stadium.
On April 18, 2000, the team revealed plans for the new stadium in Foxborough. It was announced as a 68,000-seat stadium at a cost of $325 million, with the entire cost privately funded. Boston is thus the only city in professional sports in which all facilities are privately owned and operated. The Patriots own Gillette Stadium, the Red Sox own Fenway Park, and TD Garden is owned by Delaware North (the owner of the Bruins) (the Celtics rent the TD Garden from Delaware North).
The stadium was designed by HOK Sport (now Populous). Kraft wanted it modeled on M&T Bank Stadium which had opened in Baltimore in 1998. Kraft insisted on it having a "front door" with a Disneyland-like entrance. Populous went through 200 designs before coming up with one that Kraft liked. The entrance includes a lighthouse (which was originally designed to shoot a light 2 miles (3.2 km) high) and a bridge modeled on Boston's Longfellow Bridge. The lighthouse and bridge are now featured on the stadium's logo.
For the first eight years of its existence the stadium used a video display, with a smaller LED scoreboard just beneath it, at each end of the field. The south side also had a large LED scoreboard in addition to the smaller one. In 2010, the stadium installed two new high definition Daktronics video displays to replace the entire previous setup at both ends. At the time of their construction, the larger screen, at 41.5 feet tall and 164 feet wide (12.6 m x 50.0 m), was the second-largest video monitor in any NFL stadium; only AT&T Stadium had a larger one.
Gillette Stadium ranks first among all NFL venues in stadium food safety with a 0% critical violations. The Gillette Stadium food service, instead of being outsourced like most NFL teams, is run in-house and is led by the Patriots executive director of foods and beverage David Wheeler.
The venue has hosted the NFL's nationally–televised primetime season–opening games in 2004, 2005, 2015, and 2017 (when the Patriots unveiled their championship banners from Super Bowl XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX and LI). The stadium also played host to the 2003 AFC Championship Game, in which the Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts 24–14. Eight days earlier the Patriots hosted the coldest game (4 °F, −12 °F wind chill) in New England Patriots history in the AFC Divisional Playoff game when the Patriots defeated the Tennessee Titans, 17–14. Gillette Stadium also hosted the 2007 AFC Championship Game, with the Patriots defeating the San Diego Chargers, 21–12. In 2008, the Patriots lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.
On January 10, 2010, the Baltimore Ravens beat the Patriots 33–14 here giving the Patriots their first home loss in the playoffs in Gillette Stadium. The Patriots suffered their second home playoff loss on January 16, 2011 in a 28–21 New York Jets victory. During the 2012 NFL playoffs, the Patriots defeated the Denver Broncos, 45–10, and again hosted the AFC Championship, where they won against the Baltimore Ravens, 23–20. However, the New York Giants ruined the Patriots' season by beating them in the Super Bowl for the second time. The following year, they again hosted the AFC Championship game, where they lost 28–13 to the Baltimore Ravens. During the 2015 NFL playoffs, the Patriots avenged their previous defeat by the Baltimore Ravens by edging the Ravens 35-31. They then defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 45-7 in the AFC Championship. The stadium hosted its sixth AFC Championship game during the 2016 playoffs, as the Patriots defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 36–17. In all, the Patriots are 16–3 at Gillette Stadium in the playoffs. Their success has involved several alleged cheating scandals, and lots of bandwagon fans.
As part of the UMass football program's move to Division I FBS, the Minutemen played all of their home games at Gillette Stadium for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The stadium is 95 miles away from the UMass campus in Amherst—the longest trip of any FBS member. The Minutemen's on-campus stadium, Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium, was not suitable for FBS football in its previous configuration. Its small size (17,000 seats) would have made it prohibitively difficult to meet FBS average attendance requirements, and its press box and replay facilities were well below Mid-American Conference standards. Additionally, several nonconference teams would not even consider playing games in Amherst. McGuirk Stadium was renovated to FBS standards for the 2014 season, but the Minutemen's current deal with the Kraft Group calls for the Minutemen to play four of their home games in Foxborough from 2014 to 2016 in exchange for keeping part of the revenue from ticket sales. Moving forward, Gillette will continue to host UMass football with those games of anticipated larger attendance.
|Date||Away Team||Result||Home Team||Attendance|
|October 23, 2010||New Hampshire||39–13||UMass Amherst||32,848|
|October 22, 2011||New Hampshire||27–21||UMass Amherst||24,022|
|September 8, 2012||Indiana||45–6||UMass Amherst||16,304|
|September 29, 2012||Ohio||37–34||UMass Amherst||8,321|
|October 20, 2012||Bowling Green||24–0||UMass Amherst||10,846|
|November 17, 2012||Buffalo||29–19||UMass Amherst||12,649|
|November 23, 2012||Central Michigan||42–21||UMass Amherst||6,385|
|September 7, 2013||Maine||24–14||UMass Amherst||15,624|
|September 21, 2013||Vanderbilt||24–7||UMass Amherst||16,419|
|October 12, 2013||Miami (OH)||10–17||UMass Amherst||21,707|
|October 26, 2013||Western Michigan||31–30||UMass Amherst||20,571|
|November 2, 2013||Northern Illinois||63–19||UMass Amherst||10,061|
|November 16, 2013||Akron||14–13||UMass Amherst||10,599|
|August 30, 2014||Boston College||30–7||UMass Amherst||30,479|
|September 6, 2014||Colorado||41–38||UMass Amherst||10,227|
|October 18, 2014||Eastern Michigan||14–36||UMass Amherst||12,030|
|September 19, 2015||Temple||25–23||UMass Amherst||10,141|
|October 24, 2015||Toledo||51–35||UMass Amherst||12,793|
|November 7, 2015||Akron||17–13||UMass Amherst||6,228|
|September 10, 2016||Boston College||26–7||UMass Amherst||25,112|
|September 24, 2016||Mississippi State||47–35||UMass Amherst||13,074|
|October 15, 2016||Louisiana Tech||56–28||UMass Amherst||13,311|
|November 10, 2018||BYU||35–16||UMass Amherst||14,082|
|Date||Away Team||Result||Home Team||Event||Spectators|
|December 31, 2015||Les Canadiennes de Montreal||1-1||Boston Pride||2016 Outdoor Women's Classic||-|
|January 1, 2016||Montreal Canadiens||5-1||Boston Bruins||2016 NHL Winter Classic||67,246|
Memorable Major League Soccer playoff victories include wins over the Chicago Fire in the 2005 and 2007 Eastern Conference Final, sending the Revs to the MLS Cup. Additionally, the venue hosted MLS Cup 2002, four games of the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, and some Copa America Centenario matches in 2016.
|Date||Winning Team||Result||Losing Team||Tournament||Spectators|
|October 20, 2002||Los Angeles Galaxy||1-0||New England Revolution||MLS Cup 2002||61,316|
|Date||Winning Team||Result||Losing Team||Tournament||Spectators|
|September 27, 2003||Norway||7–1||South Korea||2003 FIFA Women's World Cup First Round||14,356|
|October 1, 2003||United States||1–0||Norway||2003 FIFA Women's World Cup Quarterfinals||25,103|
|June 10, 2016||Chile||2–1||Bolivia||Copa América Centenario Group D||19,392|
|June 12, 2016||Peru||1–0||Brazil||Copa América Centenario Group B||36,187|
|June 18, 2016||Argentina||4–1||Venezuela||Copa América Centenario Quarterfinal||59,183|
DI DII DIII
|May 10–26, 2008||Division I Men's, Division II & Division III||Syracuse, NYIT, Salisbury||97,194|
|May 9–25, 2009||Division I Men's, Division II & Division III||Syracuse, C.W. Post, Cortland State||78,529|
|May 9–25, 2012||Division I Men's, Division II & Division III||Loyola (MD), Dowling, Salisbury||62,590|
|May 12–28, 2017||Division I Women's||Maryland||-|
|May 13–29, 2017||Division I Men's, Division II & Division III||Maryland, Limestone, Salisbury||59,501|
|May 12–28, 2018||Division I Men's, Division II & Division III||Yale, Merrimack, Wesleyan||60,071|
|April 12, 2015||Denver Outlaws||13-16||Boston Cannons||4,285|
|April 26, 2015||Charlotte Hounds||12-11 (OT)||Boston Cannons||3,612|
|May 3, 2015||New York Lizards||15-13||Boston Cannons||4,713|
|May 17, 2015||Rochester Rattlers||16-17 (OT)||Boston Cannons||5,654|
|May 30, 2015||Florida Launch||9-13||Boston Cannons||10,142|
|June 28, 2015||Chesapeake Bayhawks||11-14||Boston Cannons||7,211|
|July 11, 2015||Ohio Machine||19-12||Boston Cannons||6,813|
|Date||Artist||Opening act(s)||Tour / Concert name||Attendance||Gross||Notes|
|September 5, 2002||The Rolling Stones||The Pretenders||The Licks Tour||—||—|
|July 6, 2003||Metallica||Limp Bizkit
|The Summer Sanitarium Tour||42,898 / 48,600||$3,217,350|
|August 1, 2003||Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band||—||The Rising Tour||96,108 / 98,559||$7,107,215|
|August 2, 2003|
|July 24, 2004||Toby Keith||Montgomery Gentry
Jo Dee Messina
Don Campbell Band
|The Big Throwdown Tour||39,717 / 41,354||$2,850,279|
|July 23, 2005||Kenny Chesney||Keith Urban
|The Somewhere in the Sun Tour||50,860 / 50,860||$3,263,448|
|September 3, 2005||Green Day||Jimmy Eat World
|The American Idiot Tour||26,781 / 43,615||$1,006,421|
|July 16, 2006||Kenny Chesney||Dierks Bentley
Big & Rich
|The Road and The Radio Tour||55,124 / 55,124||$4,136,945|
|July 27, 2006||Bon Jovi||Nickelback||The Have a Nice Day Tour||45,874 / 45,874||$3,384,804|
|September 20, 2006||The Rolling Stones||Kanye West||A Bigger Bang Tour||44,115 / 45,285||$4,042,193|
|July 28, 2007||Kenny Chesney||Brooks & Dunn
|The Flip-Flop Summer Tour||56,926 / 56,926||$4,496,363|
|July 26, 2008||Kenny Chesney||Keith Urban
|The Poets and Pirates Tour||57,394 / 57,394||$5,274,364|
|July 18, 2009||Elton John
|—||Face to Face 2009||52,007 / 52,007||$6,209,342|
|July 28, 2009||AC/DC||Anvil||The Black Ice World Tour||—||—|
|August 15, 2009||Kenny Chesney||Sugarland
|The Sun City Carnival Tour||57,890 / 57,890||$5,041,001|
|September 20, 2009||U2||Snow Patrol||The U2 360° Tour||138,805 / 138,805||$12,859,778|
|September 21, 2009|
|June 5, 2010||Taylor Swift||Kellie Pickler
|Fearless Tour||56,868 / 56,868||$3,726,157||Swift became the first woman to headline the stadium.|
|June 13, 2010||Eagles||Dixie Chicks
|The Long Road Out of Eden Tour||26,433 / 41,582||$2,822,410|
|July 24, 2010||Bon Jovi||Kid Rock||The Circle Tour||51,138 / 51,138||$4,418,585|
|August 21, 2010||Brad Paisley||Jason Aldean
|The H2O Tour||51,107 / 51,107||$3,476,779|
|June 25, 2011||Taylor Swift||Needtobreathe
|Speak Now World Tour||110,800 / 110,800||$8,026,350|
|June 26, 2011|
|August 26, 2011||Kenny Chesney||Zac Brown Band
|The Goin' Coastal Tour||106,755 / 106,755||$9,228,920|
|August 27, 2011|
|August 18, 2012||Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band||—||The Wrecking Ball World Tour||49,621 / 50,000||$4,548,896|
|August 24, 2012||Kenny Chesney
|Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
|The Brothers of the Sun Tour||111,209 / 111,209||$9,926,110||Birth of no shoes nation|
|August 25, 2012|
|July 20, 2013||Bon Jovi||The J. Geils Band||The Because We Can Tour||45,912 / 45,912||$3,514,571|
|July 26, 2013||Taylor Swift||Ed Sheeran
|The Red Tour||110,712 / 110,712||$9,464,063||At the first show, Carly Simon was the special guest.|
|July 27, 2013|
|August 23, 2013||Kenny Chesney
|Eli Young Band
|The No Shoes Nation Tour||109,207 / 109,207||$9,465,256|
|August 24, 2013|
|May 31, 2014||George Strait||Tim McGraw
|The Cowboy Rides Away Tour||55,863 / 55,863||$5,005,789|
|July 1, 2014||Beyoncé
|—||The On the Run Tour||52,802 / 52,802||$5,738,114||Jay-Z became the first rapper to headline the stadium.|
|August 7, 2014||One Direction||5 Seconds of Summer||The Where We Are Tour||148,251 / 148,251||$13,475,239|
|August 8, 2014|
|August 9, 2014|
|August 10, 2014||Luke Bryan||Dierks Bentley
|The That's My Kind of Night Tour||56,048 / 56,048||$4,349,568|
|July 24, 2015||Taylor Swift||Vance Joy
|The 1989 World Tour||116,849 / 116,849||$12,533,166||Walk the Moon was the special guest.|
|July 25, 2015||MKTO was the special guest.|
|August 22, 2015||AC/DC||Vintage Trouble||Rock or Bust World Tour||48,000 / 50,000||—|
|August 28, 2015||Kenny Chesney
|The Big Revival Tour
The Burn It Down Tour
|120,206 / 120,206||$11,624,917|
|August 29, 2015|
|September 12, 2015||One Direction||Icona Pop||The On the Road Again Tour||48,167 / 48,167||$4,493,993||Liam Payne and Niall Horan, respectively, made a cover of "22" by Taylor Swift, because of the 22nd birthday of both.|
|September 25, 2015||Ed Sheeran||Passenger
|The x Tour||51,996 / 54,000||$3,234,377|
|June 3, 2016||Beyoncé||DJ Khaled||The Formation World Tour||48,304 / 48,304||$6,008,698|
|July 15, 2016||Luke Bryan||Little Big Town
|The Kill the Lights Tour||76,450 / 87,871||$7,511,536|
|July 16, 2016|
|July 19, 2016||Guns N' Roses||Lenny Kravitz||The Not In This Lifetime... Tour||65,472 / 71,099||$8,302,575|
|July 20, 2016|
|July 30, 2016||Coldplay||Alessia Cara
|A Head Full of Dreams Tour||54,952 / 54,952||$6,530,260|
|August 26, 2016||Kenny Chesney||Miranda Lambert
|The Spread the Love Tour||121,399 / 121,399||$11,455,368|
|August 27, 2016|
|September 14, 2016||Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band||—||The River Tour||48,324 / 51,664||$5,439,521|
|May 19, 2017||Metallica||Volbeat
Mix Master Mike
|The WorldWired Tour||47,778 / 48,905||$6,095,723|
|June 25, 2017||U2||The Lumineers||The Joshua Tree Tour 2017||55,231 / 55,231||$6,881,340|
|August 4, 2017||Coldplay||AlunaGeorge
|A Head Full of Dreams Tour||52,188 / 52,188||$6,263,906|
|August 25, 2017||Kenny Chesney||Thomas Rhett
|The No Shoes Nation Tour 2017||121,642 / 121,642||$12,095,688|
|August 26, 2017|
|July 26, 2018||Taylor Swift||Camila Cabello
|Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour||174,764 / 174,764||$21,779,846||Hayley Kiyoko was the special guest on night one.|
|July 27, 2018|
|July 28, 2018|
|August 5, 2018||Beyoncé
|Chloe X Halle and DJ Khaled||On the Run II Tour||47,667 / 47,667||$6,159,980|
|August 24, 2018||Kenny Chesney||Dierks Bentley
|The Trip Around The Sun Tour||121,714/121,714||$11,600,000|
|August 25, 2018|
|September 15, 2018||Ed Sheeran||Snow Patrol
|÷ Tour||110,238 / 110,238||$9,382,550|
|June 8, 2019||The Rolling Stones||No Filter Tour|
The AMA Supercross Championship has been racing at Gillette Stadium since 2016.
Monster Jam has been coming to the stadium since 2014.
On November 14, 2006, two days after a rainstorm contributed to the deterioration of the grass surface in a Patriots game against the Jets, team management decided to replace the natural grass surface with a synthetic surface, FieldTurf. The Patriots' first game on the surface was a victory over the previously 9–1 Chicago Bears on November 26. At the conclusion of the 2007 season, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had a career record of 31–3 on artificial turf. The team lost a preseason matchup in August 2007 to the Tennessee Titans on the new FieldTurf but otherwise won its first eleven regular-season and playoff games on the surface covering the period of November 2006 until September 2008, when the Patriots lost to the Miami Dolphins.
In February 2010, the surface was pulled and upgraded to FieldTurf "Duraspine Pro", which was expected to meet FIFA standards that the previous turf did not, preventing the team from having to place sod on top of their turf to host international soccer matches.
The surface was upgraded again in April 2014 to FieldTurf "Revolution" with "VersaTile" drainage system. The FieldTurf Revolution product is currently used at many venues across North America, including CenturyLink Field (home to the NFL's Seattle Seahawks and MLS's Seattle Sounders) and Providence Park, home of the MLS's Portland Timbers, where its installation was recently completed.
When the field is configured for American football, the Patriots have their "Flying Elvis" logo painted on the field at dead center of the 50-yard line. Off to both sides along the 50-yard line, the Gillette Stadium logo is also painted on the field. This is a gray-and-yellow stylized representation of the bridge and tower at the north entrance of the stadium.
In 2006, the Patriots and Kraft announced plans to build a "super regional lifestyle and entertainment center" in the area around Gillette Stadium named Patriot Place. The cost of the project was $350 million, more than the cost to build Gillette Stadium itself; Kraft had purchased much of the surrounding land, about 700 acres (280 ha), when he bought Foxboro Stadium in the late 1980s.
The first phase of the project opened in fall of 2007, and featured the first Bass Pro Shops in New England, as well as Circuit City (now closed), Bed Bath & Beyond, Five Guys Burgers, Christmas Tree Shops, and Staples. In December 2007, the Patriots and CBS announced plans to build a themed restaurant and nightclub, named "CBS Scene", at the site, which would also include studios for CBS-owned WBZ-TV. The restaurant was part of the second phase of the project, which included an open mall, a health center, a Cinema de Lux movie theater, a four-star Renaissance hotel, and "The Hall at Patriot Place." Attached to Gillette Stadium, the Hall includes a two-level interactive museum honoring the Patriots accomplishments and Super Bowl championships, plus the Patriots Pro Shop. The first restaurants and stores in phase two began opening in July 2008, and were followed by the openings of the Hall at Patriot Place and the CBS Scene in time for the beginning of the 2008 New England Patriots season. More locations, including the health center and hotel, opened in 2009, along with additional sites in phase one.
|Events and tenants|
| Home of the
New England Patriots
2002 – present
| Home of the
New England Revolution
2002 – present
Columbus Crew Stadium
| Host of the
Home Depot Center
Invesco Field at Mile High
| Home of the
Drum Corps International
Camp Randall Stadium
M&T Bank Stadium
| Home of the
NCAA Lacrosse Final Four
M&T Bank Stadium
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
| Host of AFC Championship Game
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
| Host of the
NHL Winter Classic
The 2002 New England Patriots season was the franchise's 33rd season in the National Football League, the 43rd overall and the 3rd under head coach Bill Belichick. They finished with a 9–7 record, good enough for second in the division but not a playoff berth. It was their first season at their new home field, Gillette Stadium, which replaced the adjacent Foxboro Stadium.
Following their victory in Super Bowl XXXVI seven months earlier, the Patriots played their first game in the new Gillette Stadium in the NFL's prime-time Monday Night Football opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a win for the Patriots. After an additional two wins to begin the season, including a 44–7 road win against the division rival New York Jets, the team lost five of its next seven games, allowing an average of 137 rushing yards a game during that span. In the final week of the season, the Patriots defeated the Miami Dolphins on an overtime Adam Vinatieri field goal to give both teams a 9–7 record. A few hours later, the Jets, who defeated the Patriots the week prior, also finished with a 9–7 record with a win over the Green Bay Packers. Due to their record against common opponents, after the Jets won the tiebreaker for the division title, both the Patriots and Dolphins were eliminated from the playoff contention. As of 2018 this is the last season the Patriots failed to win at least 10 games.2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup
The 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup was the seventh edition of the Gold Cup, the football championship of North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF). It was the first Gold Cup held in an odd year.
For the first time since 1993, the tournament was held in more than one country, with games played in both United States and Mexico. The games were played in Mexico City, Miami, and for the first time in a northern U.S. city, Foxborough. The format of the tournament stayed the same as in 2002: twelve teams were split into four groups of three, the top two teams in each group would advance to the quarter-finals. Colombia and Brazil were invited, with the latter sending an Under-23 team.
The United States' Landon Donovan put four past Cuba in the quarterfinals in a 5–0 win, but the defending champions went out to Brazil in the semi-finals. The South Americans scored a goal in the 89th minute and added a penalty in extra time to win 2–1. Mexico won their first championship since 1998, beating Brazil 1–0 in extra time.2009 New England Revolution season
The 2009 New England Revolution season was the fourteenth season of the team's existence, and the eighth straight in which the team made the playoffs. It began on March 21 with a 1–0 road win over the San Jose Earthquakes and ended on November 7 with a 2–0 loss to the Chicago Fire (the Revs lost the series 3–2 on aggregate).2010 North American SuperLiga
The 2010 SuperLiga was the fourth edition of the SuperLiga. The top four overall Major League Soccer teams from the 2009 season not already qualified for the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League earned qualification as well as four clubs from the Primera División de México.2011 New England Patriots season
The 2011 New England Patriots season was the 42nd season for the team in the National Football League and 52nd season overall. The Patriots finished the regular season at 13–3, and represented the AFC in Super Bowl XLVI. It was the seventh Super Bowl trip in franchise history, and the fifth for head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.
The Patriots dedicated their 2011 season to the memory of Myra Kraft, the wife of owner Robert Kraft, who died on July 20, 2011 after a long fight against cancer. At both home and away games, the Patriots wore patches bearing Kraft's initials, MHK, on their uniforms. The Patriots elected to wear their Super Bowl patches on the right side of their uniforms, so that they could keep the MHK patch on the left as it had been all season. The Patriots were the only 2011 division winner that won their division the previous season.The Patriots lost in the Super Bowl to the New York Giants by a score of 21–17. The Patriots, as was the case in their previous appearance against these same Giants in Super Bowl XLII, had a chance to join the San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Green Bay Packers as the only teams to win at least four Super Bowls (the Packers, who had entered the 2011 season as the defending champions, had not yet won a fourth Super Bowl when the Patriots had last appeared). Instead, the Patriots tied a then-NFL record for most losses in a Super Bowl that had been set by the Minnesota Vikings and tied by the Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills, each of whom had lost four.
With the loss, along with losses in 1985, 1996, and 2007, the Patriots tied with the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings for most Super Bowl losses at four (although the Broncos would lose their fifth against the Seattle Seahawks two years later, and the Patriots would lose their fifth six years later).2012 New England Revolution season
The 2012 New England Revolution season was the team's seventeenth year of existence, all in Major League Soccer. The team opened its season on March 10 at the San Jose Earthquakes and concluded on October 27 at Montreal Impact. New England's first home league game was March 24 against the Portland Timbers.2014 UMass Minutemen football team
The 2014 UMass Minutemen football team represented the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. This was their first year with head coach Mark Whipple, who returned after 10 years coaching in the NFL. The Minutemen divided their home schedule between two stadiums. Three home games were played at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The other three were played on the UMass campus at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium, which reopened after a renovation to bring the facility up to FBS standards. This season was UMass's third in the Mid-American Conference in the East Division. They finished the season 3–9, 3–5 in MAC play to finish in a tie for fourth place in the East Division.2015 UMass Minutemen football team
The 2015 UMass Minutemen football team represented the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. This was their second year with head coach Mark Whipple. The Minutemen divided their home schedule between two stadiums. Three home games were played at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts and the other three games were played on the UMass campus at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium. This season was UMass's fourth and last in the Mid-American Conference within the East Division. They finished the season 3–9, 2–6 in MAC play to finish in a three way tie for fifth place in the East Division.2016 NHL Winter Classic
The 2016 NHL Winter Classic (officially the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic) was an outdoor regular season National Hockey League (NHL) game, part of the Winter Classic series, played on January 1, 2016. The game, the eighth Winter Classic, saw the Montreal Canadiens defeat the Boston Bruins, 5–1, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, a significant event in one of the NHL's best-known rivalries. A Bruins and Canadiens alumni game was also played on December 31, 2015. The Boston Pride women's professional hockey team played before the alumni game against Les Canadiennes of the Canadian Women's Hockey League to a 1–1 tie in the first ever 2016 Outdoor Women's Classic (officially the Outdoor Women's Classic presented by Scotiabank).2016 New England Revolution season
The 2016 New England Revolution season was the club's 21st season of existence and their 21st season in Major League Soccer, the top-flight of American soccer.2016 UMass Minutemen football team
The 2016 UMass Minutemen football team represented the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. This is their third year with head coach Mark Whipple. The Minutemen divided their home schedule between two stadiums. Three home games were played at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts and the other three games on the UMass campus at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium. This was UMass's first season as an independent. They finished the season 2–10.2017 New England Revolution season
The 2017 New England Revolution season was the club's 22nd season of existence, and their 22nd season in Major League Soccer, the top-flight of American soccer.2019 New England Revolution season
The 2019 New England Revolution season is the team's 24th season of existence, and their 24th season in Major League Soccer, the top-flight of American soccer.AFC Championship Game
The AFC Championship Game is the annual championship game of the American Football Conference (AFC) and one of the two semi-final playoff games of the National Football League (NFL), the largest professional American football league in the United States. The game is played on the penultimate Sunday in January by the two remaining playoff teams, following the AFC postseason's first two rounds. The AFC champion then advances to face the winner of the National Football Conference (NFC) Championship Game in the Super Bowl.
The game was established as part of the 1970 merger between the NFL and the American Football League (AFL), with the merged league realigning into two conferences. Since 1984, each winner of the AFC Championship Game has also received the Lamar Hunt Trophy, named after the founder of the AFL and the founder of the Kansas City Chiefs, Lamar Hunt.New England Patriots
The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston region. The Patriots compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The team plays its home games at Gillette Stadium in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts, which is located 21 miles (34 km) southwest of downtown Boston, Massachusetts and 20 miles (32 km) northeast of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The Patriots are also headquartered at Gillette Stadium.
An original member of the American Football League (AFL), the Patriots joined the NFL in the 1970 merger of the two leagues. The team changed its name from the original Boston Patriots after relocating to Foxborough in 1971. The Patriots played their home games at Foxboro Stadium from 1971 to 2001, then moved to Gillette Stadium at the start of the 2002 season. The Patriots' rivalry with the New York Jets is considered one of the most bitter rivalries in the NFL.
The Patriots have appeared in the Super Bowl eleven times in franchise history, the most of any team, nine of them since the arrival of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady in 2000. The Patriots have since become one of the most successful teams in NFL history, winning 16 AFC East titles in 18 seasons since 2001, without a losing season in that period. The franchise has since set numerous notable records, including most wins in a ten-year period (126, in 2003–2012), an undefeated 16-game regular season in 2007, the longest winning streak consisting of regular season and playoff games in NFL history (a 21-game streak from October 2003 to October 2004), and the most consecutive division titles won by a team in NFL history (won ten straight division titles from 2009 to 2018). The team owns the record for most Super Bowls reached (eight) and won (five) by a head coach–quarterback tandem, and most Super Bowl appearances overall (eleven). Currently, the team is tied with the 49ers and Cowboys for the second most Super Bowl wins with five, after the Steelers, who have six.New England Patriots Cheerleaders
The New England Patriots Cheerleaders are the official cheerleading squad of the NFL's New England Patriots. The Patriots Cheerleaders perform various dance stunts at Gillette Stadium. The squad was formed in 1971. The squad currently (as of the 2016 New England Patriots season) has 33 members. The squad also makes appearances off the field with Patriots mascot Pat Patriot. The group also has a Junior Patriots Cheerleaders, with girls of ages 7–17 being allowed to join, with a fee of $425.00 per participant. The squad also releases a swimsuit calendar yearly. The Patriots Cheerleaders' auditions take place at Gillette Stadium. In 2008, the squad went to China to train Chinese dancers for the 2008 Summer Olympics.New England Revolution
The New England Revolution is an American professional soccer club based in the Greater Boston area that competes in Major League Soccer (MLS), in the Eastern Conference of the league. It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its inaugural season.
The club is owned by Robert Kraft, who also owns the New England Patriots along with his son, Jonathan Kraft. The name "Revolution" refers to the New England region's significant involvement in the American Revolution that took place from 1775–1783.
New England currently play their home matches at Gillette Stadium in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts, which is located 21 miles (34 km) southwest of downtown Boston, Massachusetts. The club played their home games at the adjacent and now-demolished Foxboro Stadium, from 1996 until 2001. The Revs hold the distinction of being the only original MLS team to have every league game in its history televised.The Revolution won their first major trophy in the 2007 U.S. Open Cup. The following year, they won the 2008 North American SuperLiga. The Revolution have participated in five MLS Cup finals in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2014. They also placed second in the 2005 regular season. However, they have never won an MLS Cup or MLS Supporters' Shield.Ravens–Patriots rivalry
The Ravens–Patriots rivalry is a National Football League (NFL) rivalry between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots. Though the two franchises are in different divisions within the American Football Conference and did not start playing each other until the late 1990s, their rivalry is noted for competitiveness in the playoffs, especially in the late 2000s and early 2010s. The series also features two of the most prominent quarterbacks in the league, namely Tom Brady of the Patriots and Joe Flacco of the Ravens.Tom Brady–Peyton Manning rivalry
The Tom Brady–Peyton Manning rivalry is a series of games that took place between 2001 and 2016, involving two quarterbacks in the National Football League (NFL): Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Brady has played for the New England Patriots since 2000, when he was the 199th selection in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He has been the starter since 2001, after Drew Bledsoe was injured early in the season, and has been so since, with the exception of 2008, when he tore his ACL in the opening game. Manning was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1998 NFL Draft with the number 1 pick, and played for the Colts until a neck injury caused him to miss the entire 2011 season. Prior to the 2012 season, Manning signed with the Denver Broncos, whom he played for up to his retirement following the 2015 season.
Manning and Brady are considered by many as the two greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.